Some TLS members were kind enough to volunteer their LOCI's for others to learn from:
March 7, 2009
University of Pennsylvania School of Law
Department of Admissions
3400 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104-6204
To Dean Post and the Admissions Committee:
I am writing you today to convey my very strong continuing interest in the University of Pennsylvania Law School and to update you on my activities since our previous correspondence.
More than any of the other schools I have applied to, I am especially attracted to Penn. As I mentioned in my application, I spent the summer of 2007 in Philadelphia and had a chance to acquaint myself with the law school and city around the same time as I became interested in a legal career. The result of that summer and my later research on your law school is my desire to be a part of the Penn Law community.
In particular, I am especially attracted by the interdisciplinary focus and opportunities at Penn to pursue a joint degree while earning my law degree. More specifically, I would like to pursue the joint JD/MGA (with a concentration in Economic Development and Growth, through the Fels Institute) to complement my law degree. The manner in which law, economics, and politics are combined, and the practical application of each, are the most appealing qualities of this dual degree program to me. Ideally, I will apply to this program during my first year at the law school, and upon graduation, begin work in a government organization or NGO on legal issues pertaining to development, trade, and government regulation. For me, this would be an ideal career – an opportunity to do something positive with my education in the context of a career that I can enjoy and take pride in.
Beyond this specific program, I am quite interested in various other academic and extracurricular opportunities that Penn Law offers. For example, I would also like to explore international law through coursework offered by Penn, and I am quite interested in working on the University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law, which I believe will complement my career goals quite well (due to its historical focus on international economic and business law) and enhance my career opportunities after graduation. On a separate note, I am immensely interested in participating in two of Penn's pro-bono projects – Street Law and the Urban Ventures Project – because of the direct, practical way that they impact local communities, and because I have not had the chance to participate in anything like these projects in the past.
As mentioned above, I also am writing this letter to update you on my recent activities. Although I am going through the law school application process this year, I have attempted to maintain my academic performance at the highest level, even while compiling application materials and studying for the LSAT. Due to the end of my rowing career, I have had considerably more time to pursue other academic and extracurricular interests in a much higher volume than previously. In the academic realm of my life, I have taken the opportunity to develop better quantitative skills, to take classes relating to topics that have interested me in the past, and to attempt to graduate with high honors (by taking a large course load to bring my GPA above 3.75 – our cutoff for high honors). So far, this experience has been rewarding, and I have been fairly successful. Attached to this letter, you will find updated grades and coursework for the Fall 2008 semester, as well as my courses for the Spring 2009 semester. I have also arranged to have official transcripts sent, but I wanted to expedite this letter to you as quickly as possible. I would like to note that the academic accomplishment during this time period that I am proudest of is achieving an “A” grade in a course titled “Seminar in Econometrics and Forecasting.” This course was an upper-division seminar on advanced econometric techniques, which was graded on a curve and attracted only about ten (of the most talented) economics students at San Jose State. I put in a very good effort and was able to finish near the top of the class. I have asked my professor from this course to send an extra letter of recommendation to you on my behalf, as well.
Outside the classroom, I was elected to serve my chapter of XYZ fraternity as Vice President for the Spring 2009 semester. The primary roles of this position are to manage a team of about 25 chapter officers and various committees, and to chair the executive board which performs the vital functions of the chapter including budgeting, governance, recruitment, social events, philanthropic endeavors, scholarship programs, and activities for our members, among other things. The position is seen within our chapter as the office which is most responsible for the “internal affairs” of the chapter. Due to the relatively small Inter-Fraternity Council (IFC) at our university, most fraternity functions are handled within chapters, and so this job requires quite a bit of coordination and attention to detail. I believe I am doing a good job so far, and being able to provide a service to my friends and my community is quite a rewarding activity that I hope to continue in the future. Additionally, the time management techniques and communication skills that I have learned from, and in the context of working with, a very capable group of officers in this capacity will serve me well in law school and beyond. Aside from my participation in my fraternity chapter, I have also returned to my job as an on campus tutor for Economics, Political Science, and History courses, and begun a part-time job with Bloomingdales as a sales associate. Needless to say, the spring has been quite busy so far.
Finally, I would like to again express to you that my level of interest in the University of Pennsylvania Law School is extremely high; Penn remains my top choice for where to spend the next three years pursuing my law degree. I absolutely love everything I know about Penn so far, and am very fond of Philadelphia – and I would be honored to become a part of the Penn Law Class of 2012. Thank you very much for your time and consideration, and I look forward to hearing from you in the coming weeks.
City, State Zip
March 30, 2009
The University of Texas School of Law
727 E. Dean Keeton Street
Austin, TX 78705-3224
Dear Assistant Dean Ingram,
First of all, I would like to thank you for giving my application serious consideration. I would also like to reiterate my interest in University of Texas at Austin School of Law. UT Law is my top choice and I would certainly attend, were I offered a seat.
I believe UT is the best choice for me because of the numerous opportunities it offers for experience in the fields of international and human rights law. I am particularly interested in The Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice. Throughout my undergraduate studies I have increasingly focused my work on international relations and human rights and have consistently studied to advance and strengthen my knowledge of these subjects. I believe my class choices for my final year, which are not listed on my transcript, indicate my continued commitment to the field of study: Global Justice, Ethnicity and Conflict, and Security after the Cold War. Because of this desire and interest, I would be eager to join the Center as one of its Human Rights Scholars and Summer Fellows in the future.
I believe that my background of development and conflict studies as well as international relations provides me with a unique perspective of human rights and conflict in reference to the developing world. I also believe that these experiences combined with a UT Law education, would allow me to make distinct and valuable contributions to this area of law after law school. Furthermore, as I have advanced my studies over the past three years, I have become increasingly interested in the conflict in the Former Yugoslavia. This too has drawn me to UT Law because of its history of facilitating internships with the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, something of which I fully intend to pursue if I am admitted.
I do believe that I would bring unique qualities to UT Law. Living abroad, I have studied and witnessed American politics and law from an outside point of view. I have debated and discussed it with my Norwegian, Chinese, Mexican, French, Brazilian, Singaporean, Guatemalan, English, and Indian friends and classmates. I carry their thoughts with me and feel as though I offer not only my perspective, but theirs as well. Such an outlook would be beneficial to both UT and the wider law community. While I seek to learn more about our legal system, I would also strive to stir up academic discussion of how American law and responsibility fits into the bigger, global picture.
I will be submitting an additional letter of recommendation for your consideration shortly. Thank you again for your time and consideration and I hope to hear from you soon.
The posting of any other samples would be greatly appreciated by all of the TLS community. Cheers,